Rock lobster reporting program

The GoFishVic RL app has been updated for the 2023/24 fishing season

The VFA has listened to feedback received from the recreational fishing community and implemented significant changes to the reporting app.

Commencing 16 November 2023, fishers must download the new GoFishVic RL Reporting App and create a new account prior to fishing for rock lobster.

The reporting program remains entirely digital

You are no longer required to order, possess and attach plastic tags to rock lobster. Catch details must now be reported via the GoFishVic RL app.

The GoFishVic RL app replaces the previous GoFishVic app for rock lobster fishers.

Reporting your catch is mandatory

Reporting of rock lobster remains mandatory. Fishers need to report their catch and allocate a digital tag via the GoFishVic RL platform. The requirement to tail punch rock lobsters remains unchanged, as do the size limits, bag limits and possession limits.

Fishers need to create their new account before rock lobster fishing

Fishers are required to register the intent to be active for each season via the App prior to targeting rock lobster. Creating your account prior to the fishing season helps us measure the level of participation in the fishery and review how this changes from year to year.

Download the GoFishVic RL app via the App store or Google Play, or access an online reporting account. Click here to access the web portal for desktop users.

Click here to access a Quick Reference Guide to help guide you through the process of creating an account and also reporting your catch once season opens.

How do I register for the season so I can report my rock lobster catch?


  1. Download the GoFishVic RL app (pictured right) in the App Store and Google Play. You can also click here to access the web portal for desktop users.
  2. Create an account

How do I report my rock lobster catch when the season begins?

A GoFishVic RL Quick Reference Guide has been created to help guide you through the steps of reporting your catch.

Reporting is easy and we encourage fishers to get into the habit of reporting their catch as soon as possible. Simply start a new trip, add your catch details including the date and location and the carapace length of your catch, allocate a digital tag and finish your trip.

Customer support

Please contact us for assistance with setting up your account and reporting your catch by emailing us directly at or calling the customer service centre on 136 186.

Click here for information on our scientific tagging program.

To access your online lobster reporting:

Online reporting is strictly available to those users who are unable to access the GoFishVic RL app. You must receive approval to report using this method from the Rock Lobster Fishery Manager prior to catching rock lobster.

Those who report via this webpage without prior approval will not be fulfilling their regulatory reporting obligations.

To apply for approval to use this reporting method, please email explaining why you cannot report via the GoFishVic RL app.

Click here to access the web portal for desktop users.

For a guide on how to use GoFishVic:

Click here to access GoFishVic Quick Reference Guide.

Having issues with the GoFishVic app?

Make sure you have all the latest updates via the App Store or Google Play. To get help, email us at or call the customer service centre on 136 186.

For more information on the history of the program, click here.

For more information about an FRDC project regarding rock lobster angler diaries, click here.